Football: Voltz unexpectedly retires, leaves left guard spot vacant

first_imgA mere week and a half from the beginning of the 2016 season, and the University of Wisconsin football team has already been dealt a serious blow.Head coach Paul Chryst announced Tuesday at the Badgers’ fall camp that fifth-year senior Dan Voltz will retire from the game.Voltz, a key offensive lineman, suffered a torn ACL during last season’s game against Illinois.Football Notebook: Center Dan Voltz done for season with right knee injuryThe mantra of the Wisconsin football team’s offensive line has been “next man up” for the entire 2015 season. The Read…“It’s been a hard decision to make,” Voltz said on Tuesday. “Something I’ve dealt with pretty much my whole career is injuries. For physical reasons, (that’s) the main reason that it kind of forced me to start thinking about this.”The injury kept him from six games total last season, including the final five of the season. Sophomore Michael Deiter covered for the Badger veteran at center those games and is likely to remain at the position this season.With Voltz’s retirement, the left guard spot he was slotted to will likely be given to redshirt sophomore Micah Kapoi. The 6-foot-3, 334-pound lineman adds some size over the 6-foot-3, 294-pound Voltz.Football: O-line shuffles continue for BadgersFor the fourth time in six games this season, the Wisconsin football team trotted out a different offensive line combination Read…Kapoi played in 12 games last season, but it is likely that redshirt freshman Jon Dietzen will also be in the mix to start at left guard.This story will be updated as more information is released.last_img read more

Oilsands part of second U.S. fraud lawsuit against Exxon over carbon pricing

first_imgAlberta’s oilsands are at the centre of a second major fraud lawsuit filed in the United States against ExxonMobil.The lawsuit, filed on Thursday by the state of Massachusetts, accuses the oil multinational of misleading investors about what climate change measures could cost its operations — especially those in the oilsands.It says Exxon told investors it evaluated its projects with a high and increasing price on carbon when in fact it used a much lower figure that remained stable.- Advertisement -The lawsuit alleges that had the effect of increasing the value of the company’s oil reserves.The suit is similar to one currently before a court in New York state.That lawsuit lists 14 Alberta oilsands projects Exxon is involved in through its Canadian subsidiary Imperial Oil.Advertisement The Canadian Press An Exxon lawyer in the New York case has said the lawsuit fails to account for all the ways the company evaluates climate risk.last_img read more

Raiders hit the road knowing they won’t see Mahomes until December

first_imgOAKLAND — The Raiders didn’t look despondent as they departed the Coliseum Sunday, not to return until November.Why?Kirk Cousins isn’t Patrick Mahomes and the Minnesota Vikings don’t play offense like the Kansas City Chiefs. You could say the same about Jacoby Brissett and Indianapolis and Mitchell Trubisky and the Chicago Bears in London.It gets tougher on Oct. 20, when the Raiders take on Aaron Rodgers at Lambeau Field, and DeShaun Watson has done some good things for the Houston Texans, …last_img read more

Shorthanded Warriors fall to Hornets 93-87

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — The shorthanded Warriors led most of the game before falling to the Charlotte Hornets 93-87 on the second night of a back-to-back set, failing again to earn their first win at Chase Center.In the second game without guard Stephen Curry, who will miss at least months after undergoing left hand surgery, and the first game of several without forward Draymond Green (sprained finger) and guard D’Angelo Russell (ankle), the Warriors (1-5) got a longer look at their young players.Afte …last_img read more

Messaging drives SA mobile internet

first_imgBridging the digital divide FNB Cellphone Banking Solutions CEO Ravesh Ramlakan said that while the overall cellphone banking service had grown more rapidly than online banking, the adoption of FNB’s mobile banking WAP site has been relatively slow. Tier 1: The WAP Internet – access to Wireless Access Protocol gateways, which includes mobile versions of brand sites, mobile versions of traditional and new media publisher sites, downloads of ringtones, games and other content, which may only involve a single link from the phone; the typical user of the WAP internet is not always aware of using the internet. The implications of these numbers are significant: in one fell swoop, they would turn the South African internet user base from the 5.3-million reported by World Wide Worx at the end of 2009 to 9.6-million. Add Instant Messaging to the mix, and the total becomes 10.56-million – exactly double that of the internet user base at the end of last year. “The truth is, many people with these applications on their phones do not use them and do not even know how to use them,” said Goldstuck. Three tiers of mobile internet Tier 3: Mobile Web Browsing – usage of a web browser to access the internet from the phone – understood by most users to represent full internet access. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Cellphone banking: brighter future The framework consist of three tiers, namely: The Mobile Internet in South Africa 2010 report, conducted by local research firm World Wide Worx, shows that the usage of specific applications like Mxit and Facebook Mobile far outpaces browsing on the phone. Use of mobile internet services has exploded in South Africa, even though less than half of urban users with internet-capable phones are using the internet, according to a comprehensive new study. The findings suggest, on the surface, that more than half of urban mobile users – 8.5-million – are capable of accessing e-mail on their phones, and as many as 60% – 9.5-million – are able to browse on their phones.center_img The study was conducted face-to-face among urban mobile phone users aged 16 and older, representing 16-million South Africans. Tier 2: The Mobile Application Internet – usage of “stand-alone” applications on the phone that rely on data feeds, such as Mxit, Gmail, and Maps; the typical user is aware of using data, but not of fully accessing the internet. And, while 60% of users in this market have phones that can browse the internet, only 21% report that they use this form of mobile internet access. 27 May 2010 “It is quite startling to find how many have these features on their phones but don’t use them, either out of ignorance or because of cost concerns,” World Wide Worx MD Arthur Goldstuck said in a statement this week. For several years, the question of how many South Africans use the internet from their cellphones has been veiled in confusion, with claimed numbers ranging from half a million to 15-million. “Defining the mobile internet is important,” said Mobile Marketing Association founding chairman Rick Joubert. “Neither one of the mobile internet usage tiers is any more important than the other, but decision-makers and marketers should understand the nature of the end user experience as clearly as possible.” While 28% of the urban cellular market is using mobile instant messaging (IM), as many as 65% have the capacity on their phones, meaning that only 4.5-million out of 10.5-million potential mobile IM users actually use it. In many cases, an application has been installed on the phone, and the owner may even have registered to use the service, but is not in fact a user. “Customers either do not know how to access it via their cellphone, or their phone needs to be configured first in order to access. However, with technology lifecycles, the adoption to internet banking via the cellphone will feature more prominently in future,” he said. “It is clear that the cellphone has the potential to take South Africans across the digital divide, but the phones themselves need to become more user-friendly, and a vast amount of consumer education is needed.” During the past year, representatives of two of the key players in the debate, World Wide Worx and the South African Mobile Marketing Association, agreed to a formal framework within which they would report the key statistics for internet usage and access on cellphones.last_img read more

The benefits of collecting good yield data

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The sound of locusts in the evening and back-to-school advertisements on TV are a sure sign that August has arrived and summer is quickly coming to an end. Before you know it, corn and soybeans will be changing color and it will be time for harvest. During harvest, most farmers don’t think twice about making sure that their combine settings are fine-tuned. For example, if the sieves aren’t set correctly, there will either be grain left in the field or discounts at the elevator for grain that’s not clean. There is a clear gain in profitability by taking the time to set your combine correctly. The benefit of yield monitors and the maps they produce however can be more obscure, but are also important. Here are three ways that well-calibrated yield data can help make you more profitable.1. Recordkeeping: Once harvest and fall fieldwork tasks are completed, the season of paperwork and planning will be in full swing. The ability to reference yield maps as you evaluate field performance can be extremely helpful. Even if you carefully document every scale ticket, yield maps can serve as a nice double check of the number of bushels that came off each field. Yield data is also a quick way to look back on yields in the future. Three years from now, if you want to see how a field performed in 2016, it will be a lot easier to find and look at a yield map than sort out and calculate yield from old scale tickets.2. Variability: Yield maps are especially helpful in understanding not just how many bushels came from each field, but where in the field they came from. Which parts of the field yielded the most? Which yielded the least? More importantly, why? You may not need a yield map to tell you that the sand ridges yielded less one year because it was a dry summer. The real value comes in combining the colors of the map with your knowledge of the field to answer the “why” question. Look for patterns that surprise you and ask yourself what happened to cause those patterns.Yield map variability can also be helpful documentation when dealing with partners, landlords, and/or family members. For example, being able to document a 20% yield reduction due to poor drainage can help you to make a case for adding tile. Likewise, showing the yield difference between normal and low pH levels can help justify a lime investment. Did you try a new variety of seed this year, apply nitrogen at different rates, or leave a test strip from a fungicide application? If you can pair these changes with an as-applied map, a yield map could help you understand how the different practices performed. A well-calibrated yield monitor can also save you the time and effort of weighing individual loads if you are doing some of your own on-farm research.3. Variable-Rate Technology: More and more farms now have planters or applicators capable of variable-rate application. Yield maps can be one of the best sources of data for defining management zones within a field. In Beck’s multi-hybrid planting trials in 2015, there was a substantially higher return-on-investment for farmers who used multiple years of yield data compared to those who used soil types to define their planting zones.Even if you don’t have variable-rate technology now, it’s very possible that you might have it in the future. And, the farmers who have the most success with variable-rate applications are those who have multiple years of yield maps to use. Collecting yield data is not just a one-year benefit; it’s an investment in the future.Saving time with recordkeeping, understanding variability, making adjustments, and using data for variable-rate applications are just a few of the many ways yield data can improve your bottom line. But it’s only helpful if you are collecting good data with a well-calibrated monitor. Your user manual can help you with calibrations, and Ohio State also has helpful information at: http://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/2015-29/yield-monitor-tips-2015-harvest. Properly setting and using your yield monitor is no different than adjusting combine settings; doing it right pays off.last_img read more

This 16-Year-Old Makes Stunning Timelapse Videos

first_imgWe talk timelapse camera gear and more with 16-year-old Yuri Palma, an exceptionally talented photographer and videographer.All images via Yuri Palma/Fabio PalmaYuri Palma is a 16-year-old photographer and videographer from Italy. Based on his expertise in timelapse photography and editing, you’d hardly know that. Yuri shoots on a variety of cameras like the Panasonic GH4 and Nikon D7100, and he edits in Photoshop, After Effects, and Premiere Pro. He often collaborates with other photographers — including his father, Fabio Palma.Take a look at one of his most recent projects, 4K Motion Vol. 3 (featuring the PremiumBeat royalty free track “True Genesis” by Tenacious Orchestra).We wanted to know more about Yuri’s work and his workflow, so we asked him.PB: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? How long have you been a photographer and videographer?YP: I’ve been interested in photography since I was a child, and that was because I used to watch an incredible amount of documentaries, especially about wild places, and I just loved the sceneries and the way they were captured in those documentaries. I thought about becoming a photographer at the age of eleven.While reading National Geographic magazine, I saw an advertisement for the Nikon j1, a little mirrorless which I still use for some of my timelapses today. I decided to buy it, without knowing too much about photography itself. In fact, I was shooting completely in auto and I didn’t understand half of the settings.A few months later, I received some video clips (at the time I didn’t even know about videomaking at all) which were taken during an alpine expedition. I installed a very old copy of Pinnacle Studio on my first computer. I decided to try to edit those video clips just for fun. It was from there that photography and videomaking came together, and I was hooked. I spent hours in front of my computer watching every type of tutorial I could find on YouTube, and I still do today. I’ve been a videographer and photographer for about five years now.PB: What drew you to shooting timelapse videos?YP: That was a pretty simple choice. Like I said, I became interested in videomaking. The camera I had first was really, really bad at taking video, but it was surprisingly good at taking photographs. It took high-quality RAW files, which were fantastic for me once I understood how to work with them. So when I first heard of timelapse videos, it was obvious for me that they were what I was searching for.PB: Can you give some insight into your work? What type of projects do you frequently find yourself working on?YP: In the past few years I found myself doing every kind of short video I could. That was from commercials to documentaries and even music videos. But the type of work that I like the most is timelapse. With that being said, I’m introducing video at normal speed or slow motion into my work, like I’ve started to do in my series, Motion.PB: Can you go into more detail about the gear you use?YP: If you are into nature timelapse photography, you know that the most important thing is weight. You can’t hike to a spot hours from the closest road while carrying a two-meter slider and a heavy-duty tripod. You have got to be efficient with what you decide to carry.My go-to setup for timelapse videos is very simple. I have a Manfrotto backpack in which I have my three cameras of choice: the Nikon d7100, the Panasonic GH4 (that I can also use for 4K video), and the Sony RX100 Mark II.For lenses, a Tokina 11-16 f2.8, a Sigma 18-35 f1.8, and a Tamron 70-200 f2.8. The tripods I use are the Manfrotto 055, the Triopo GE-3228x8C, and a small Manfrotto Befree I use for the RX100.PB: How many batteries and memory cards do you find yourself going through for a shoot like this?YP: I always carry a minimum of three to four spare batteries, but the most important thing are memory cards. Shooting all of my timelapses at the highest quality RAW possible and the videos at 4k, I need an incredible amount of space. Even more important, I need really fast cards to handle that kind of data, so I carry a small bag with eight to ten 64GB memory cards. I use Gobe Magic, SanDisk Extreme, and Lexar Professional.PB: What types of things do you carry that are not gear-related that can be helpful to other shooters?YP: I found that a lot of the times when I go on location, the most important things are the ones not directly related to photography. I always carry with me a headlamp, duct tape, and the most important of all — some coins to lock tripods and slider plates. Other than that, if you have to do a long night timelapse, carry a good book to read while the camera is operating and you won’t regret it.PB: What resources have you used over the years to become a better photographer and videographer? Do you frequent any websites, forums, or have colleagues that have helped you over the years?YP: As I said before, the most important resource I used to become a better videographer and photographer was YouTube. The amount of tutorials that are on YouTube is incredible, and they are the easiest to access.I also read some photography blogs now and then, but I think that reading about some technique is very different than watching someone do it, and that is the reason why I prefer YouTube. Also, during the past few years I have met some really talented photographers. The experience of working with them just can’t be replicated.PB: Where can our readers see more of your work?YP: You can see my latest videos on my YouTube channel and follow me on Instagram.last_img read more

Thailand ready to step in for Philippines as 2019 SEA Games host

first_imgOlympic Committee of Thailand (OCT) secretary-general Charouck Arirachakaran said Monday that the Kingdom has the capacity and infrastructure to host the Southeast Asian Games in 2019, if the Philippines pulls out and other countries in the region fail to step in.The Kingdom would be ready to take over the organization of the Games if the Philippines officially withdraws from hosting the 30th Games, he said.ADVERTISEMENT EAC escapes Arellano to claim solo third in NCAA Vietnam and Cambodia, who are the hosts of the 2021 and 2023 editions, need to make a decision to take charge of the 30th edition. If the two nations refuse, Thailand as the next country in alphabetical order will take the place of the Philippines.Charouck said the OCT would step forward only if the Thai government gives the nod.Meanwhile, a few members of the Thai delegation will pay a courtesy call on Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha at the government house this morning before embarking on their trip to Malaysia. Around 404 athletes will take part in the SEA Games, which starts on August 19.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games MOST READ NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelocenter_img Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:50Trending Articles03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters LATEST STORIES “Thailand have the potential to host the Games within a span of two years. Besides, the Games doesn’t require an athletes village,” Charouck said during the OCT executive board meeting Monday.“We have provinces such as Chiang Mai and Chon Buri, which have enough competition venues and can accommodate a large number of athletes,” said the OCT official.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsLast moth the Philippines said it is dropping the hosting of the 30th SEA Games to be held in Davao City in 2019 to re-channel government resources in favor of the rehabilitation efforts for the beleaguered city of Marawi.However, Charouck said the Philippines must make its withdrawal official during the SEA Games Federation Council meeting on August 17-18 in Kuala Lumpur. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

NBA All-Star: 10 things to know about the weekend

first_imgGolden State Warriors general manager Bob Myers, third from left, presents All-Star jerseys to Klay Thompson (11), Stephen Curry (30) and Kevin Durant (35) prior to an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)CHARLOTTE, N.C. — With All-Star festivities set to officially begin Friday, here are 10 things to know going into the weekend:BACK TO CHARLOTTEADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES Bold prediction: No one will foul out on Sunday.The last player to foul out of an All-Star Game was Hakeem Olajuwon in 1987. Chris Paul was the most recent to come close, when he was whistled for five fouls in the 2008 game.There have been only 14 instances of someone fouling out of an All-Star Game. Rick Barry and Bob Cousy each fouled out twice; 10 others, including Olajuwon, have done so once.MVPs AT HOMEKemba Walker, the lone Charlotte player in this year’s All-Star Game, has suggested that he’s hoping he can wow the home crowd with an MVP-worthy performance.There’s a history of that sort of thing happening. There have been 14 players who have won All-Star MVP honors in their home cities, spanning a total of 15 games.The list of hometown All-Star MVPs: Anthony Davis (New Orleans, 2017), Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles, 2011), Shaquille O’Neal (Phoenix, 2009 and Los Angeles, 2004), Karl Malone and John Stockton (Utah, 1993), Michael Jordan (Chicago, 1988), Tom Chambers (Seattle, 1987), Jerry West (Los Angeles, 1972), Rick Barry (the San Francisco area, 1967), Adrian Smith (Cincinnati, 1966), Bob Pettit (St. Louis, 1958 and 1962), Wilt Chamberlain (Philadelphia, 1960), Bob Cousy (Boston, 1957) and Ed Macauley (Boston, 1951).AGE MARKAssuming he plays, Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki — one of the special additions to the rosters by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, who also added Miami’s Dwyane Wade to the list — will become the second 40-something to appear in the All-Star Game. Nowitzki is 40; Kareem Abdul-Jabbar played in the game when he was 40 and 41.Michael Jordan almost pulled off the feat; he was eight days shy of turning 40 when he last played in the All-Star Game in 2003. Jordan, now the owner of the Charlotte Hornets and the unofficial host of the weekend, will turn 56 on Sunday. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes CASH MATTERSThere is some money at stake during All-Star Saturday events, and everybody gets something.Everyone in the dunk contest will receive at least $20,000, everyone in the skills challenge gets at least $15,000 and all participants in the 3-point shootout take home at least $10,000. From there, prize money varies by finish — the skills challenge winner gets $55,000, the 3-point shootout champion wins $60,000 and the dunk contest winner takes home $105,000.In all, the Saturday night participants will split $610,000.EASTBOUNDThis All-Star weekend is the first of four straight in Eastern Conference cities. Chicago gets it next year, Indianapolis in 2021 and Cleveland in 2022. The site for the 2023 game remains unknown; Salt Lake City and Sacramento are two sites often mentioned as candidates for that year, and Orlando is a likely suitor for the 2024 game.THE REFSSunday’s All-Star Game will be officiated by Scott Foster, Curtis Blair and David Guthrie. It’s a home game of sorts for Guthrie, who resides in Charlotte.Foster worked the 2010 All-Star Game in Dallas. It’s the first All-Star Game for Blair and Guthrie.The Friday and Saturday events will be worked by a crew of newer refs — third-year official Aaron Smith and fourth-year officials Mitchell Ervin and Gediminas Petraitis. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town MOST READ Wade, also assuming he gets into the game, will become the 12th player to be an All-Star at 37 or older. Wade turned 37 last month.HEROESJason Weinmann and James Shaw Jr. might not be “celebrities,” at least not in the classic sense.But the NBA rightly believes they should be celebrated.Weinmann and Shaw were invited to play in Friday’s All-Star Celebrity Game to commemorate heroic acts. Weinmann, a retired Marine, used a military transport vehicle — which he bought at a government auction years ago — during Hurricane Florence last September to help rescue flood victims in North Carolina and bring them to safety. Shaw disarmed a man who had opened fire at a Waffle House restaurant near Nashville last April and has been heralded as a life-saving hero since for wrestling the AR-15 out of the alleged shooter’s hands by the barrel.G LEAGUE FIRSTKhris Middleton of the Milwaukee Bucks is the first member of a new club.He’s the first G League alum to become an NBA All-Star.Middleton spent a short time during the 2012-13 season in the G League, before blossoming into one of the league’s best players and a key to Milwaukee going into the break with an NBA-best 43-14 record.There will be plenty of G League graduates participating on All-Star Saturday as well — Middleton, Seth Curry, Danny Green and Joe Harris are all slated to be in the 3-point contest. Charlotte hosted NBA All-Star weekend in 1991, and now gets it back a second time to join 14 other cities that can say it hosted the league’s showcase midseason event on multiple occasions.Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Houston, New Orleans, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Seattle, St. Louis, Los Angeles and the L.A. suburb of Inglewood, California, are the other previous multi-hosting All-Star cities.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThe Bay Area, the Detroit area and the Dallas area are also two-time hosts, though never technically twice in the same city.LEBRON’S RECORDS Currys excited for ‘mini family reunion’ at All-Star weekend Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LeBron James now has the record for most All-Star captaincies: Two. He and Stephen Curry had the jobs last year when the captain’s format was first introduced to the All-Star weekend, and he and Giannis Antetokounmpo have the jobs this year.But James’ records revolving around this game hardly stop there.By starting on Sunday, James will tie Kobe Bryant with 15 starts in the All-Star Game. James will also extend his record of consecutive starts, which will also rise to 15. Some of the other All-Star records James already holds include total points (343), field goals (141) and 3-pointers (35).And by playing two minutes, James will increase his All-Star total in that stat to 416 — one more than Bryant for No. 2 on the all-time list. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has played the most All-Star minutes, 449.FOULING OUTADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more